BBC2's new arts based series, Artsnight, followed Newsnight at 11pm last night and proved to be a real highlight in last night's schedule, primarily because the debut episode gave complete editorial control over to the great Maxine Peake
Peake perhaps naturally gave voice to to figures marginalised by mainstream culture and fittingly (for it is International Women's Day tomorrow) chaired a discussion on women in the arts and the problems and inequality they face with actress and writer Jessica Hynes, directors Clio Barnard (a favourite of mine) and Carol Morley and the Royal Court's Vicky Featherstone.
As well as celebrating the bard of Salford, Shelagh Delaney and, perhaps most affectingly, the 96 year old Manchester based campaigner Betty Tebbs, Maxine helped provide a showcase for 'the most controversial band in Britain' Sleaford Mods
I recommend this half hour programme wholeheartedly. Catch it on iPlayer where it will be available for the next month.
Nice one Maxine!